How do alaskan husky dogs adapt to the cold?

Ashleigh: How do alaskan huskys adapt to the cold?
Im talking about the alaskan huskies that live in alska.

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Answer by Melanie
Their coat gets thicker. Having an Alaskan Husky myself I see the changes my dog goes through. In the summer she sheds A LOT so she isn’t so hot in the summer. In the fall though her coat will start to get thicker. By winter it’s so thick that she is well prepared for the winter cold.

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  1. dewclaw says

    Adaptation to the cold is not something that happens to the dog each fall as it gets cooler.
    These dogs as a type have been bred to be adapted for the cold, and that means that in their basic physiology they have adaptation that make it possible for them to survive comfortable at extremely cold temps.

    First they have an undercoat, not common in non-northern breeds. this undercoat acts similarly to a capliline long underwear, trapping heat close to the body as well as preventing cold outside temps from chilling the body.

    They have adapted to cold by being able to effective regulate their temperature with breathing and panting. the nose has multiple folds that act much like a car radiator, and in reverse can also conserve heat.

    Blood flow in the dogs extremities is set up in such a way that cold blood can be warmed by passing next to warmer blood, and thus maintains heat in the dogs paws. http://iditarodblogs.com/zuma/2008/02/22/do-sled-

    general info about the Alaskan Husky, the real ones that race in the Yukon Quest and Iditarod:
    http://www.yukonquest.com/site/modern-sled-dog/

  2. lathom01 says

    I'm not sure there is any actual "adapting" going on. They're bred to be in cold weather so what's there to adapt to? They have extra thick hairs deep under the hair you see, as well as hair between their toes. They sleep insulated under a blanket of snow and heat their bodies up when they begin to run around and work or play.

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